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Old 08-21-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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My hand fell asleep and won't wake up...

When I woke up this morning after sleeping up againts my boyfriend I noticed my arm and two fingers had fallen asleep. I assume it was because of the way I slept but its been about 15 hours and I still haven't gotten the numbness to go away. I've tried moving it around, exercising, shaking my hand and arm. Nothing seems to be working. My fingers still move fine but I can't seem to shake this numbing feeling. Should I be worried??

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Re: My hand fell asleep and won't wake up...

only because of the insane length of time that this has actually been like this would i seriously get this evaluated as soon as possible? while it could really be a posistional thing if you were kind of sleeping on your side esp, it could be a blood flow thing too? do the fingers feel any colder than the rest of them? our nerves and bloodflow just are the two things that would dictate ANY potential numbness just being there in some way if they are compromised by "something" impeding their normal 'flow'? but the most common or "likely" underlying problem just would tend to be nerve related, compression upon them or "it" somewhere along above that level where the numb simply starts??

depending upon the EXACT area/specifics of where that arm is numb and the actual fingers too(would this possibly be the very last two fingers, ring/pinkie and the outter side of the arm per chance?)

they can simply run an EMG/NCV right in any ER that will tell them pretty quickly just exactly where along from the very "base of operations" that the nerve runs, that would be within the c spine towards the end.(ONLY c 6 thru C 8 nerves up there actually even innervate all the way down to the finger level, the rest stop short of the hand?) if this just IS that c8/ulnar nerve(the MOST commonly impinged of all c spine nerves when down the arm since it just has a crease around that elbow area that CAN be easily impacted in certain ways) that simply gives sensory innervation the last two fingers and along a patchy area along that outter arm as well, thay would be able to check nerve flow velocity all the way from its start at the neck area and down that whole arm just to find out where the innervation either simply stops, or is very very minimal. but you DO need to find out where this is being impacted at so the nerve can be released in certain ways? if this IS that c 8/ the most likely area of real impact would be within that ulnar crease on the outside of the elbow? knowing the exacting locations of your numbness would really help to track where its impinged upon simply by where the numbness actually even starts?

but if this is the last two fingers and that outtwer side of your arm that actually begins the numbing right at that elbow to those two fingers, you probably were lying ON that elbow during sleep and simply ended up kind of pusking that very susceptab;le nerve more 'up' and into that crease much further than it should be? i HAVE donetnis myself while wearing a stupid sling after a surgery? there was just enough extra material right AT the area of my ulnar clease to also push it into the crease and create the same last two fingers and part of the lower arm to become numb too? it CAN be relased after some swelling goes down if this just IS the area? you can try using anti inflammatories like alleve and also icing that elbow too for awhile and see if things will 'normalize for you(this is what i did)? but i still would go to the ER to find out the exact area of real compression since this just could also be within the c spine too? esp if this is NOT at all the area i was just mentioning above?? then it really NEEDS a much more in depth checking out. but this simply DOES need some testing and an eval by a good neuro doc too, and that is what you will get at the ER. i would NOT wait any longer than you already have hon.

i am merely assuming this IS the ulnar innervated since that one nerve is sooo easily compressed/impinged and much more vulnerable to the outter forces/compression injury than any other c spine nerves actually are? but DO get this checked out asap since any nerves that are simply compressed fully for too long may not always come back to their original "perfect" flow state? hopefully this just is that ulnar and with the right stuff being done, you will get it right back soon. just do not wait any longer here since it has already been well over 15 hours? you simply DO need to find out what is going on in that arm or in your c spine and get that feeling back again depending upon what is actually creating this long of numb state there at all. good luck and do please keep me posted as to what you find out? **
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:55 AM   #3
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Re: My hand fell asleep and won't wake up...

I agree with "feelbad" on this one in that you most certainly need to get this checked out. Any numbness lasting 15 hours could be a sign of something serious. It could be anything from a pinched nerve to symptomatic of an impending cardiovascular attack. The fact that you experienced it upon awakening and that sometimes we just sleep on a body part in the wrong way causing temporary numbness, could be a coinkydink. I wouldn't take any chances if I were you and would head straight to a medical clinic if at all possible and soon.

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